Friday, April 30, 2010

The White Propeller Flower of Mt.Diablo

This beautiful white wildflower grows in Donner Canyon and it is not in any of the wildflower listings that I have checked ... I am sure someone out there must know the correct name for this pretty little wildflower but I haven't been able to find it anywhere ... If it has no name  then I will call it the White Propeller Flower of Mt. Diablo as it resembles a boat prop ...

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Islands @ Salmon Lake Ca.


Salmon Lake is located  in the high sierras up above Sierra City in the Gold Lakes Basin area and can be accessed off of Gold Lake road which is off of Hiway 49 at Bassetts Station... This is a lake that I have had the good fortune of enjoying all my life ...It is surrounded by shear granite walls and Alpine terrain that reminds me of the Swiss Alps ...

Each Summer my family would go up to this area and camp at Salmon Creek Campground when I was a kid ... Nowadays we have grown  a bit soft and have kids of our own so we tend to get a cabin which is really relaxing in the mornings as well as the evenings ... Here is a shot of the Salmon Lake Lodge which is only accessible by a barge that will come across and get you and all your stuff if you use the call box that is mounted on a large pine tree at the dock ...
Salmon Lake has a small island in the middle that has a picnic table with a  fire pit and BBQ as well as some large granite rocks rising out of the water surrounding the island  that are great for jumping off of ...Here are some shots taken from different vantage points on the island ...

My Dog Bear has also been enjoying Salmon Lake all of his life as well and as you can see he thinks he is the Captain of the island ...
Fishing at Salmon Lake is always promising ... There are delicious native Brook Trout   here as well as the German brown and Rainbow Trout ... Once while fishing here in the sunset hours I was alone in a small boat with an electric trolling motor using a fly that my brother tied when I noticed a couple of  brown  Beavers swimming right beside my boat and at that same moment I also noticed a big ole Buck with a huge rack standing close by  in the shallow waters of the cove...As I sat quietly just then a very nice Brook Trout  struck my fly and began to fight ...
One of those outdoor experiences you just never forget ...What a great place to see the wilderness of California !

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Fitbitches in Paris



There's been a few tentative flurries of interest in the Paris to Versaille Run on Sunday 26th September . And I'd hazard a guess that there are a fair few more who are interested but are understandably terrified about the distance. But with a 16 week training programme which will take you right up to race day, this is easily manageable for every FB graduate I have trained or am currently training. As long as you put in the trianing beforehand though not that this will involve hours of night runs, hydration pack and replacement salts in hand!
If you're a beginner a training regime can be slow, steady and gradual even if you're starting from a position of a 5k that is over 30minutes.
Want an example of what this training programme might involve? You could run just three times a week, with a run of two miles one day, 2.5 the next and a four mile longer run on Sunday. Each week, the mileage on the Sunday would build gradually so you would hardly notice it but by race day, you'd be up to the distance.
I know taking on something like this can seem terrifying. I recently competed in a two day adventure race something I'd never done before and had no idea what to expect. It was intimidating but when you're doing it, you just do it. Afterwards, it seems like nothing. And I promise you that is what this will seem like to you too. Except that you will be filled with an amazing sense of accomplishment. And a nice glass of red wine and possibly a tarte tatin!
We'll aim to leave on Friday or Saturday and come back Monday. You need to enter soon - email me with confirmation and you will get a free training programme and at least one training run per month on a Sunday with me and the other Fitbitch 10mile Club. (no smutty jokes there please!)

Monday, April 26, 2010

New 6am camp - booking now!



Get yourself summer fit and supercharge your motivation levels and confidence this summer. We're launching a new 6am boot camp open to all levels which you can book for 8, 12 or 16 sessions on May 17th -10th June.
You can book eight sessions and do intensively for two weeks, do two a week or even one session for two weeks and three in the last week. It is up to you how you use up your sessions as long as you tell me a week in advance.
Prices are as follows:
Eight sessions: £100
Twelve sessions: £140
Sixteen sessions: £180
You will only get a body composition, weight, biomechanical and diet assessment, plus eating plan if you are doing the full Fitbitch experience of 16 sessions.
For returning Fitbitches, there is a 10% early bird discount if paid in full by this Friday 1st May.

Booking now! Early Bird specials for FB grads



We've now had a taste of summer weather which means it's not long until the bikini season. Alternatively, if you're training for sports specific events, the summer season is not far off.
If you want to super charge your fitness levels and get trim and toned, the next Fitbitch Boot Camp starts Monday 17th May and places are booking fast!
There will be the usual 7am class for 12 people maximum at £180, including diet assessment, body composition and biomechanical assessment and individualised homework. For those returning to Fitbitch Boot Camp, there is a 10% early bird discount if paid in full by this Friday 1st May.

Fitbitch trial - postponed

Just a quick posting to let you know that this Wednesday's free trial has been postponed. Please email fbfitness@aim.com for details about the next trial session.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Fitbitch Kettlebell Master Class




If you want to burn calories like there's no tomorrow, create a shapely bikini body or add strength and power to your sports performance, step up to the kettlebell.
These ball shaped weights are the favourite fitness tool of celebrity trainers around the world, helping to create the figures of everyone from Penelope Cruz to Jennifer Lopez. These women HAVE to look good so it's a testament to the tool's effectiveness that they are used so widely in Hollywood.
Celebrities aside, kettlebells which were originally invented in Russia, create dynanmic work outs that can also help improve range of movement and flexbility rather than shortened, bulky muscles if you know how to use them.
On Wednesday May 12th at 6pm we will be holding a kettlebell Masterclass for graduates of Fitbitch Boot Camp only. You will learn new techniques and movements that you can do at home and add to your own routines. Cost for the hour long class is £10.
You must bring your own kettlebell to the class. If you are interested in purchasing one please email . I have sold out but can get more at a slightly more expensive price as I will have to pay shipping.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Very Young Fawn Reunited with its Mother

Now is the time to watch for fawns. Deer have learned to adapt to small patches of open space in urban areas and are common in many of our neighborhoods.  Black-tailed deer, a subspecies of the mule deer, are common throughout the northern and central California coastal ranges. While they prefer open chaparral, they will adjust to almost any open space they can find... I received this E-mail from the folks over at Alexander Lindsay this week with the following story as well as this  picture of the actual fawn ...
Last week during our most recent storm, a concerned citizen was awakened by a crying sound. After some investigation, he found a three day old fawn curled up and cold from the rain outside his window.The fawn was brought to the wildlife hospital in the morning where it was warmed and given fluids. Soon the fawn was on its feet and alert. When it appeared that the fawn was doing well, the rescuer took the fawn back to his home and placed it back where it was found.
A few hours later, the rescuer called the wildlife hospital to share that he and his wife had seen the same fawn suckling on its mother and full of life!

New toys for Fitbitch Boot Camp


Have you ever seen these before? Fitbitch Boot Camp prides itself on being at the forefront of new exercise techniques that transform figures, not only helping to make women in their weightloss aims but also in creating strong, lean functional bodies.
FBC travelled to Loughborough recently to check out all the latest trends in fitness and came across these - ViPR. They may look like a large piece of guttering but these are fantastic tools that combine all the benefits of weights, kettlebells, medicine balls and stability tools in one.
We will be the first in Brighton to introduce these so if you're interested in finding out how they work, along with trying your hand at kettlebells, boxing, posture and core training you'll find it all at FBBC. The next camp starts May 17th and is booking up fast.

Fitbitch Free Taster Session




It is that time again - time for you to experience Fitbitch Boot Camp! Our first trial session at the beginning of the month was fully booked. Now is your chance to get a little taste of the camp which has seen women lose up to three stone and be transformed from couch potatoes to Fitbitches!
The free taster session is next Wednesday 28th April at 6pm on Hove Lawns. It is for all levels, whether you have never exercised or you are someone fit who wants to see if Fitbitch can challenge you. There are only 12 spaces and they must be booked so if you want a free workout email Rachael at

Monday, April 19, 2010

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

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